James Smart Biography, Career, Family, Wife, Salary and Net Worth

James Smart, born James Obuya Smart is a Kenyan journalist and a news anchor working at Nation Media Group on NTV. Just like his name “Smart”, he is one of the smartest and most stylish news anchors in the country.

Being born and raised in a single room in Korogocho aroused his hunger for success at a very young age. While growing up his background was his greatest motivation and working hard to secure a better future was his only mission.

As a young lad, he really admired being a journalist but he had never seen one until their house was swept away by the Nairobi river after its banks burst.

After the hard work and perseverance, he is now living his dream, having worked with several Television stations and radio stations.

Jambo daily takes you through the inspiring life journey of James Smart.

James Smart Biography

James Smart Age and Place of Birth

The established journalist was born on 6th June 1984, in Korogocho, Nairobi slums. He will be turning 38 in June 2022.

James Smart Family

Smart was raised by his grandmother Prisca Atengo Smart and his little-known grandfather. His grandparents lived in a single room in Korogocho where he was raised. His grandfather was an office messenger while his grandmother stayed at home.


He attended Baba Dogo Primary School for his primary level. After that, he joined St Paul’s Lugari Boys High School in Kakamega passing his KCSE with very impressive grades.

Just like many slum kids after high school, he went back to slums despite passing the exams due to lack of school fees. By God’s grace, he landed a scholarship to pursue Journalism at Catholic University.

In 2015, he managed to travel abroad to further his studies at the Cardiff University in Wales, United Kingdom, graduating with a master’s degree in international journalism on Chevening scholarship.

James Smart Wife and Kids

James Smart Bio

The tall dark and handsome journalist is already off the market. He is married to a fellow journalist Rehema Majala, host of the K24 Alfajiri show. The two have one son Riley Kwamusonzi.

James Smart Net Worth

His actual salary and net worth are still unclear at the moment, however, they will be updated soon.


James Smart Bio

His professional journey began at Kenya Broadcasting Cooperation (KBC). Smart had taken some video footage to KBC, a state-owned station for consideration. When he arrived at the station he noticed the station had a vacant for an announcer.

The celebrated journalist went ahead and applied for the position. He was among the over 300 applicants who had been shortlisted for the position. Being an intelligent young man at that time he emerged as the best candidate to fit the position.

His career took off from there working with KBC for only eight months. After gaining first-hand experience he moved to Capital Fm, owned by the late Chris Kirubi. He worked at the station for two years before moving to Nationa Media Group on NTV.

Smart established his name in the media industry at NTV after he pioneered the popular NTV show “The Trend”. In 2012, he left the station leaving “The Trend” docket to Larry Madowo.

After his departure his next stop was at Standard Media Group on KTN, working as a news anchor and host, hosting New Sources alongside Dennis Onsaringo.

After working with KTN he went back to NTV,  where he hosts, “With all Due Respect with James Smart” show.